Collaborative Design Center Makes Another Sustainable Change

Valencia takes sustainability seriously. From composting in our cafes to introducing smart plugs around the College, we’re always looking for ways to increase our sustainable practices and decrease our carbon footprint.

After introducing Valencia College mugs into the Collaborative Design Center (CDC) in May 2017, Katie Tagye, director, organizational design and development, and Rachel Mack, implementation coordinator, decided to make additional sustainability changes.

In the last six months, Katie and Rachel have reduced the number of water bottles taken from the CDC refrigerators by replacing them with Valencia College ceramic cups. The cups, which become cooled while sitting in the refrigerator, can be conveniently filled up at the CDC’s hydration station. By making this small change, the CDC has saved approximately $110 a month — making Rachel and Katie not only good stewards of Planet Earth but also their department budget.

That is not the only change the CDC has made. Because enough K-cups are thrown away in a year to wrap around the Earth almost 11 times, you will find compostable K-cups as well.

Each and every sustainable change we make is a step in a better direction.

If your department has implemented a new sustainable practice to reduce your carbon footprint, let us know about it by emailing We’d love to share all the ways that Valencians are helping to make this world a cleaner place.


  • Carla said:

    Great job Katie and Rachel!

    PMTue, 12 Jun 2018 19:01:10 +0000Tue, 12 Jun 2018 19:01:10 +0000pm18,7:01 pm

  • Charleigh Walker said:

    Thank you for the work you're doing!

    AMWed, 13 Jun 2018 09:06:08 +0000Wed, 13 Jun 2018 09:06:08 +0000am18,9:06 am

  • Resham Shirsat said:

    This is amazing! Thanks for continuing to make the CDC more and more sustainable. Great job ladies 🙂

    AMWed, 13 Jun 2018 10:22:49 +0000Wed, 13 Jun 2018 10:22:49 +0000am18,10:22 am

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